County Commission candidate Marcus Harrison’s website could use a good proofread

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There are some pretty basic rules of grammar to follow and, while we all make mistakes and typos are teh way of the future as society becomes increasingly paperless, there are some instances where it’s just not cool to throw fourth grade basics out the window.

Marcus Harrison did.

He’s running with No Party Affiliation for Pinellas County Commission in the uber-conservative north county District 4. He won’t win. Period. He lacks name recognition, has less than $1,000 in the bank, and his website is littered with errors.

He Randomly Capitalizes words In sentences. For example, this sentence, “After 22 Years of Service, I returned to Pinellas County in 1998…” Years of Service. Really? It’s like he’s trying to emphasize things, but no, that’s just not how it works.

Here’s another example: “I am a detail-oriented individual that looks at not just the Sales Pitch but the Actual Details and Specifications of every proposal to determine the long-term benefits and costs. I also know what other options are available.”

This sentence not only randomly capitalizes words, it also uses “that” instead of “who.”

There are loads more, leading this little blogger with the impression that this guy thinks it’s ok to publicly shame the English language. And he’s running for public office.

Call me crazy, but if you want people to vote for you it should be a no-brainer to proofread.

Mr. Harrison, if you read this, fix your website. Maybe one of your two daughters can give it a once over. Heck, I could loan you my eighth grader.

Let’s list a couple more grammar faux pas on Harrison’s website:

  • Lack of commas
  • Too many commas
  • Improper use of ellipses
  • Run-on sentences (it may be a run-on paragraph, it’s hard to tell)
  • Poor word choice

Seriously, it’s that bad. Check it out for yourself here.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.